© Carlos Padilla, December 2017 Christmas


The Bible tells of the birth of Yahshua – Jesus Christ and of the story of those who celebrated when He was born, and of those who awaited it. Christmas, therefore should be the celebration that God became man, was born to show us His great love for us and died for our sins granting us eternal life through faith in His grace. Is there greater love than this, that God himself has done this for us? “For so God loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son that who shall believe in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16. That love of God in Jesus Christ transforms us and makes us love one another. “This is my command: That you love one another, as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, that a man lays down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do as I command you. John 15:12-14. That is Christmas. I think fewer things are more Biblical. But, was the 25th of December the date? One of the theories comes from Judaism, what came to be known as “Integral Age” of the great prophets, according to an ancient Jewish tradition inherited by the Talmud and that we will comment further. Whichever may be the correct date of the birth of the Messiah Yahshua – Jesus Christ, He was the one born, and died, raised, ascended and will return “…and every eye shall see Him…” Do we see that Christmas today is the celebration of His live and work for His glory? Continue reading…

Christmas is Biblical if we read the Gospels of Matthew and Luke which tell the birth of Jesus of Nazareth and His live, His work, His death and resurrection, and connect with Acts of the Apostles, also written by Luke, which continues with the recent life of the Messiah and His ascension. The Epistles that follow are centred in evangelizing, the birth of the Church, the second coming of Christ, and the last book, in the prophecies, until the end of the world and the coming of Jesus to establish the Kingdom of God.

Two centuries after, Christianity begins to collect and unify all the inspired books that form the canon of the New Testament, and certain traditions begin to be established and councils to take place to unify doctrine, and avoid heresy. Already in these first centuries, churches use to remember the birth of Jesus Christ and the adoration of the magi the 6th of January, but Christmas still was not celebrated.

The council of Nicaea, 325 A.D. it is decided that the Church will celebrate Christmas on the 25th of December. In the first two centuries, a majority of eastern churches “Orthodox” use to do so on the 6th of January, and still do it. The different arguments of why this date, refer to whether it substitutes pagan celebrations about the sun, or if they follow Jewish traditions. The Talmud has inherited what is known as “Integral Age” of the great prophets. That age is the life between the date of birth or conception and of death of a prophet that should coincide. Therefore if Christ died on the 25th of March –Passover, 14 Nisan- he must have also been born or conceived then. The second option, 9 months later, takes us to the 25th of December. This is the argument of John Chrysostom and Saint Agustin. We cannot guarantee the date, but the purpose we can for the glory of God.

Within the Christianity of all centuries A.D. there have been groups that have debated whether to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ or Christmas, arguing that it has no relation with the wrong or pagan date, and concentrate on dates and not on deeds. But, following the good and trustworthy custom of always go to what the Bible tells us, we can read what it tells about the celebration of the birth of our Lord, who was born to die and overcome for us with His resurrection and His return to establish the Kingdom of God for eternity. Let us see who celebrated the birth of Yahshua – Jesus Christ, in the Bible.



Everyone who received the information or announcement of the birth of the Messiah, and awaited for Him with sincere heart and with faith, did celebrate; others did not. The Biblical story of the Gospels tell us of the people to whom it was announced and lived that event that would change history for ever, and of the prophets who rejoiced the prophetic message and of writing it.

Joseph and Mary obviously celebrated the birth of that Child Jesus:

Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!” But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”... ...Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.” Luke 1:26-38.

The angels celebrated the birth of that Child Jesus:

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” Luke 2:13-14.

The shepherds who were keeping the vigils of the night over their flock celebrated the birth of that Child Jesus:

Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” Luke 2:8-14.

The magi celebrated the birth of that Child Jesus:

“Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him... ...When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Matthew 2:1, Luke 2:4.

The prophets that where waiting for the coming of the Messiah, in the temple, like Shimon and Ana celebrated the birth of that Child Jesus:

And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. So he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law, he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said: “Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, according to Your word; For my eyes have seen Your salvation which You have prepared before the face of all peoples, a light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of Your people Israel.” And Joseph and His mother marveled at those things which were spoken of Him. Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against (yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” Luke 2:25-35.

Now there was one, Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher... ...And coming in that instant she gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem.” Luke 2:36.

All of them celebrated the birth of that Child Jesus, but not king Herod, nor the priests and scribes who knew when and where, according to the prophets of the Bible would the King of Israel be born, which makes them all be even more guilty of rejecting the Messiah, as well as being the same that crucified Him:

When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. So they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet.” Matthew 2:4-12.



“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of Yahweh of hosts will perform this.”  9:6. 700 B.C.

“But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.” Mica 5:2. 735 B.C.

“Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14. 700 B.C.



“And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21.

For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11.

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 1:18, Luke 1:26.



“He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth. Isaiah 53:3-7. 700 B.C.


“Know therefore and understand, That from the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem Until Messiah the Prince, there shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; The street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublesome times. “And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself; and the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood, and till the end of the war desolations are determined. Daniel 9:25-26. 535 B.C.


“And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.” Matthew 27:50,51.



“After two days He will revive us; on the third day He will raise us up, that we may live in His sight.” Hosea 6:2. 750 B.C.

“He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee.” Luke 24:6.

“And He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them. Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into heaven. And they worshiped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple praising and blessing God. Amen.” Luke 24:50-53.



“But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.” 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17.

“Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat?  Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.” 2 Peter 3:11-14.

Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen. “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord,“ who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” Revelation 1:7-8.



Under the light of the Bible we see that the birth of Jesus –if that is what we consider Christmas- it is totally Biblical, for all those who received the news of His birth celebrated one way or another: the prophets waiting with faith, those living, going and worshiping Him, and after commemorating, celebrating Christmas from a Biblical point of view. On the other hand we find that at the beginning, the Church did not have His date of birth registered nor established as a traditional celebration, although as soon as Christianity establishes in the first centuries, it begins celebrating it, to our days.

If we talk about the 25th of December as a date, it does not seem to be, but there are some who do believe so. If we talk about what it has become in western culture from a worldly perspective, neither. But if we limit ourselves to commemorate that Jesus came to this world by His own will to show us how great His love is for us, and to give His life for our sins to resurrect us and take us to the eternal Paradise, it is a great reason to give Him our recognition and show Him our love, sharing the story of His life with our neighbours and living a life that reflects His example, for the glory of God. It would be good to know the exact day, and surely one day we will know it, following dates, like the one of the census by which Joseph and Mary went to Bethlehem to be inscribed, or through the archaeological, cosmic or scientific, etc. Maybe if we intend to wait until we know the exact date, scientifically, He may have returned and we would have not celebrated it. You may read another Bible study that deals with the 25th of December as the date for Christmas: http://www.yahshua.net/christmas.htm

If that Child that was born to us had not been born, there would be no hope for humanity, nobody could be saved and nobody could live in God’s paradise for eternity, where there will be no suffering, no pain, but joy, happiness, peace and the presence of God eternally.

That Child that was born to die deserves to be remembered celebrating His birth, like the prophets did, like His contemporaries did, and like the Church has done from the beginning. His birth, His live, His expiatory death, His resurrection, His ascension and His return; Jesus is a constant celebration of the truth, the life and the hope, and the love of God.

Christmas, nativity of the Son of God made man, a time, each year that takes us to think about His life and the purpose of becoming man. About our life and the purpose it has and the fruit it bears.

“Glory to God in the Highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men”, Luke 2:14. Our saviour is born. Is He born in your heart? Do you know Yahshua – Jesus Christ?

Let the life of That Child God be of example for us to imitate until He returns for ever. “Merry Biblical Christmas” Amen!



  • For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Prophecy of Isaiah 9:6.

  • I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6. Words of Yahshua - Jesus Christ.
  • You want to know God, but you know the way is not through organized religion, nor by sects, nor by society. The world has failed. ...I pray for them;  I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours... John 17:9. Prayer of Yahshua - Jesus Christ.

  • If you really seek God, begin today the new life though the true hand of God. The Gospel is the message for all nations, no matter their race, their origins or culture. God is the saviour of those from humanity who open their hearts to Him.

  • ...Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.  1Corinthians 15:58.

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